Nikola Ćirić, principal

Orchestra member since January 2015


I take pride in the fact that my childhood dream has come true and in my studies with Radovan Vlatković at the prestigious Mozarteum University. I am also proud that, when I was 22, I became the solo hornist of the orchestra I had dreamed about when I was in high school; I am proud of Novak Djokovic (that has nothing to do with me, I am just proud of Nole 🙂 )… I am proud of the fact that I like to exercise in the morning. 🙂


I am just a regular family guy who likes reading and walking around, an eternal optimist who is addicted to eating sarma and (I confess) who likes social networks.




Nikola Ćirić was born in 1992 in Niš, Serbia. After receiving primary and secondary music education in his hometown, he pursued undergraduate and Master studies at the Novi Sad Academy of Arts, with Prof. Nenad Vasić. He completed postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum University, where his mentor was Prof. Radovan Vlatković.


As a soloist, he has appeared with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra and the Niš Symphony Orchestra. Collaborations also include the Bayreuth Youth Festival Orchestra (Germany), the Mozarteum University Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Encuentro Festival (Spain) and many other ensembles in Serbia and abroad.


As an orchestral musician, Nikola has appeared with emminent artists such as Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki, Emmanuel Pahud, Stefan Dohr, Steven Iserlis, Martin Fröst, Heinrich Schif, while his chamber music collaborations have included acclaimed artists such as Radovan Vlatković, Matthias Racz, Pascal Moragues and Hansjörg Schellenberger.


Nikola Ćirić participated as a lecturer in the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, as well as in the Belgrade Philharmonic’s First Orchestral Academy. He is a recipient of the Novi Sad University Award for excellent achievements in arts in 2015, as well as a laureate of many national and international competitions. Nikola was trained by exceptional tutors, including Luca Benucci, Andre Cazalet, Boštjan Lipovšek, Michael Höltzel.


Nikola Ćirić has been a long-term casual member of the Serbian National Theatre Opera in Novi Sad. In the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, he works as the principal horn.